Between a quirky pop up offering all things dessert and a one-of-a-kind celebration of beer – there’s no room for boredom this month. Strap on for a lively July with these events in India. By Eshita Srinivas
Look past the dinner-and-movie routine this month by heading to a set of curated events instead. We’re talking eclectic affairs with cocktails, desserts, artwork, and quick bites, with groovy music to boot. Get your planners out, you’re going to want to pencil in these events in July that are a must-attend.
India’s first craft beer and vinyl bar is a unique space that merges vintage sensibilities with contemporary culinary styles. A dining experience here is underlined by the analogue joys of vinyl – rock to jazz – and the sensory pleasure of delicious bites. This month, the space invites guests to head on over for the choicest brews, while playing their favourite tracks on vinyl.
All you need to do is choose from over 300 options across various genres and write down the request on a blackboard. Then sit back and wait for the in-house DJ to cue your track as you enjoy artisanal coffees from Blue Tokai, Bloom Coffee Roasters, and Coffee Mechanics or craft brews from Geist and Toit. Each hour is dedicated to a genre and exercising those vocal chords to sing along comes highly recommended. Head on over from 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
When: July 17
Located in the bustle of Indiranagar, Grand Mercure promises opulence through the course of a stay. This month, the establishment’s popular all-day dining restaurant La Utsav is playing host to the flavours of Rampur. Titled ‘a postcard from Rampur,’ the food festival is an ode to the nawabs of the region, with a menu that features indulgent delicacies like nasheela jheenga, dhungara murgh tikka, nafees daal shammi, paya potli shorba, deal mehtaab, and gosht tahe biryani, amongst others. Dessert features unique bites like roti ka halwa and mirchi ka halwa. If you’re looking for that out-of-the-ordinary dining experience, this is it.
When: Until July 19
Shangri-La Eros New Delhi is serving up authentic plates of Amritsari cuisine for lunch and dinner this month. On the menu are delicacies like kulchey, fish fry, malaidar lassi, fish tikka, soya tawa masala, keema kaleji, chicken tikka masala, aloo badiyan, pidi channa, kulfi falooda, jalebi, and more. If this isn’t indulgence, we don’t know what is.
When: July 15 to 25
With the Hallyu wave sweeping the world, Korean cuisine has captured the interest of the country’s culinary culture. Tapping into this, Crowne Plaza Greater Noida has put together an exclusive range of creations, with authentic and diverse flavours that will be served up over ten days. On the menu are classics like kimchi jjigae, bibimbap, kimchi, japchae, samgyeopsal, bulgogi, and more! There’s plenty of soups, salads, and decadent desserts to choose from as well in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian iterations. Don’t miss out if you’re in the neighbourhood.
When: Until July 17
Chef Harangad Singh is all geared up to put his award-winning culinary skills towards producing an array of authentic Punjabi delicacies. On the menu are options like sukke kale chane and pinni da halwa, bhatti da murgh, Lahori murgh tikka, tawe aali champaan, dahi kebab, bhutte matar di tikki, Amritsari macchi, kaale moti da pulao, and more! Leave your diet at the door before venturing into this one
When: Until July 25
There’s no denying that the gin revolution currently sweeping the country is here to stay. Leading the pack is Greater Than – reportedly India’s only homegrown London Dry gin – followed by Hapusa, both of which have reimagined the craft gin space. This Friday night will see the brands take over Fig and Maple for their spin on William Hogarth’s iconic artwork ‘Gin Lane.’ This includes a quick look at the history of gin, its depiction in the 1700s, and how it came to be one of the most popular spirits today. Come for the cocktails, stay for the engaging history.
When: July 1
Chef Richa Johri’s one-of-a-kind pop up – The Nouvelle Indian Fare – promises to present diners a fun, contemporary interpretation of classic yet underrated dishes from different parts of India. On the menu are delicacies like tandoori broccoli crumble and Nizami anda, truffle nimona curry, Kutchi style bharwan salan mirchi, and more! End a meal on a sweet note with a lychee and tender coconut shrikhand with gondhoraj lime, phalsa compote, nutty milk crumbles, and candied pecans. Head on over to Cafe Breeze at Hotel AIR by Ahuja Residences in Gurugram for a bite.
When: July 2
Rain or shine, you can’t go wrong with dessert! Satiating all your sugar cravings, DLF Promenade Vasant Kunj will host the Ice Cream Social 4.0. On offer are decadent options like bubble teas from GotTea, waffles and pancakes from The Waffle Co., frozen yoghurt from Go Fro, gelatos from Cookie and Creme, freshly-made live cakes from Fleurons Bakery, and more! Not to mention, there’s plenty of ice cream to go around as well.
When: July 2 and July 3.
In association with World On A Plate, MasterChef Australia Season 10 winner Sashi Cheliah is introducing India to the flavours of Singapore and Malaysia. On offer is a seven-course degustation menu that’s gone up across three kitchens of The Leela in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Delhi-NCR. On offer are well-crafted, gourmet street-food delicacies that have robust flavours. Expect to see plenty of experimental cooking, modern platings, and small serves. Each of his pop-ups have sold out quite quickly so be sure to get your registrations in early for The Leela Palace New Delhi for this weekend.
When: July 2 and July 3
This Sunday has an array of heady cocktails in store, if you’re at the Sundowner Pool Bash at The Park Hotel. In association with Aperol and The Cocktail Explorer Fest, the event will feature brands like SKYY Vodka, Bulldog, and Cinzano. Stirred into sweet and spicy cocktails by the industry’s finest mixologists, your taste buds are sure to be tantalised. That’s not all, you could also sign up for masterclasses by these cocktail connoisseurs. Combine that with breezy poolside seating, mouthwatering canapes, groovy tunes, and stunning sights of the sunset and you’ve got yourself the perfect way to wrap up the week.
When: July 3
Touted to be the first-ever experiential beer festival, this is a celebration of all things brewed. Expect mouth-watering food and a range of the most unique beers on tap. All this, with a lineup of popular artists like Rashmeet Kaur, Suzonn, Rohit Nigam, Vismay Patel, Abhishek Bakhshi, Mitraz, Sanam Malik, Raman Negi, and Justh . The event will take place at DLF Promenade Mall.
When: July 23 and 24
Following on the heels of cocktail-led events this month, The Cocktail Week Gurgaon Edition at Horizon Plaza promises scrumptious grub and smooth cocktails with a side of live music. The event is divided into six zones, each with its own experiential elements to discover. These include the bar experience zone with a host of cocktail pop-ups by Jimmy’s Cocktails and Bacardi and the Workshop Zone which features masterclasses by brand ambassadors. Also around, the shopaholic’s paradise Market Zone, the bustling face-painting-beer-pong destination Activity Zone, the cloud kitchen and food space Chill Zone, and the Music Experience Zone with a host of the most popular Indian rappers, bands, and DJs. That’s not all, you could also pop by a photo booth while there.
When: July 23 and July 24.
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